Annie Hall (1977)
Directed by Woody Allen
Written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman
Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Paul Simon, Christopher Walken
New York comedian Alvy Singer (Allen) has been in and out of love. After two failed marriages, he meets the oddly appealing Annie Hall (Keaton). As the two form their own relationship they begin to learn more about one another. The closer they get, the more things seems to change between them. Soon, their unspoken divide becomes a topic of conversation between these two neurotic people.
This is one of the great romantic comedies from legendary writer and director, Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris). He paired up with Marshall Brickman (Jersey Boys) to write the screenplay for this one. The cast includes Woody Allen, Diane Keaton (Marvin’s Room), Tony Roberts (Serpico), Carol Kane (Dog Day Afternoon), Paul Simon (One-Trick Pony), and Christopher Walken (Wedding Crashers). This film earned wide critical praise and five Oscar nominations. The movie won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress in a Leading Role. Woody Allen was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role, but lost to Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl).
This is a wonderful movie, held together with an incredible screenplay by Allen and Marshall Brickman. The dialogue is witty and intelligent, requiring close attention at times to fully appreciate the many references. This movie has also aged wonderfully, somehow the references don’t seem to work any less despite the 36 years since the release of the film. The relationships within the film are all nicely built with great exchanges between each of the main characters. Overall, this is one of the better examples of the great writing talent of Woody Allen.
The acting in this movie is equally wonderful. The performances of Keaton and Allen are entertaining and endearing. The rest of the cast is also great, with casting doing a wonderful job of finding people who fit into the world Allen and Brickman created. I was especially happy to see good work from Paul Simon, in one of his few acting efforts. Additionally, Christopher Walken, Tony Roberts, and Carol Kane all do great work in their roles. Overall, this is a nicely acted movie from everyone involved.
This is one of the movies that made Woody Allen the legend he is today. If you’re a fan of his films this is one you should see. If you already have, it’s worth a second look since it has a ton of repeat value. The film will also appeal to anyone who loves great dialogue. (Think When Harry Met Sally) I would also suggest this to anyone looking for a good romantic comedy. This is a wonderful movie that looks at the inner-workings of relationships. From sex to insecurities, this is a great examination of love. I give this one 5 out of 5 stars.
Love this movie. Caught it for the first time ever last summer and was totally shocked by how good it actually was that people boasted it as being. Good review.
Thanks for reading. This is the level of work Allen seems to put out about once every five years or so. I guess this is why he gets to make a film a year. This is easily in my top three of his works.